A year ago Richmond Park Academy
was beginning to register in local consciousness as a possible secondary school choice. Parents speculated. Could this local academy stimulate, encourage and support children who were already flying academically? Would it have time for children who might need that little extra nudge to uncover potential? Would it have the right pastoral support for children who were a little concerned, perhaps, about coping with a larger campus and bigger students? And would it have an eye on the prize of good exam results, good university prospects and preparation for work in a 21st century world of constant change and technological development?
Important questions - to which local parents themselves are helping to provide answers. Almost twice as many have registered RPA as their first choice for September 2014 entry and double the number have put us second. Why?
Whatever the reasons - and there are many - RPA is entering a golden age. Next year? Watch this space...
- Perhaps because 93% of our most recent GCSE students got five or more A* to Cs, our best results ever;
- or because the book recently published by a group of gifted and talented Year 8s has been lauded by New Statesman journalist Peter Wilby;
- or because RPA dancers are working with Royal Ballet School students on a major production of Stravinsky’s Firebird to be unveiled at the Royal Festival Hall in May;
- or because of the press story about RPA students being invited to join Greg Dyke at Barnes cemetery to honour the memory of FA founder Ebenezer Morley;
- or because our academic 6th form will open in September, places for which are already over-subscribed;